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Blending Phonemes Sorting Center

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 9 pages | Grades: K - 1

Master phoneme blending and segmentation with this phoneme sorting center activity.

Phoneme Segmentation Activities for Beginning Readers

Our sorting activity uses a picture-based approach to help students practice producing words by blending and segmenting phonemes.  Students will look at each phoneme, identify the sounds or phonemes inside the word, and sort the words into categories based on the number of phonemes contained therein.

This sort is a fun and educational way to practice making phoneme blends. It will also lend nicely to further phonemic awareness lessons on

This phoneme segmentation activity will allow for multiple uses as an assessment tool, extra practice for reinforcement, or even an enrichment activity for those little ones who are finishing early!

Through this activity, students will enhance their ability to identify phonemes and corresponding sounds, further improving their reading fluency.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Reading lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this phonics activity to enhance learning through guided reading groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by

  • Invite students to use a visual reminder of letter sounds such as an alphabet chart displayed in the classroom or on their desk plate. 
  • Additionally, provide access to previous assignments and posters, and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

  • After completing the puzzles, have students record the words and attempt to use them in sentences.

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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